To the editor:
I would like to announce my candidacy for a position on the Independence Board of Education. My past experience as a member of this board has provided me valuable experience that will be beneficial at this crucial time in public education. During the transition of the schools in western Independence from the Kansas City School District into the Independence School District, I was serving as president of the board and gained a great deal of knowledge that I feel will be useful in another tenure as a member of the board.
I am a lifelong resident of Independence. I graduated from Truman High School in 1971 and continued my education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I graduated in 1975. I began my business career with State Farm Insurance as an agent in Independence, where I still have my office.
My wife, Sandy, and I have been married for 34 years and have raised three children who all attended Independence schools from kindergarten through graduation.
My goals are to keep the district competitive and to strive for excellence, as well as do what is best for the students, taxpayers and staff. Successful schools are a top priority for all citizens and is crucial to a thriving community. It is a major consideration of where we choose to live and raise our families.
I ask for your support as a candidate for the Independence Board of Education. Please contact me if you are willing to help with my campaign.